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After organizing into a city and creating vehicles, the player leaves the Tribal Stage and begins the Civilization Stage, the fourth of Spore's five game stages.


The City Editor.

In the Civilization stage, the player focuses on interactions, either peaceful or economic or violent, between their civilization and other civilizations on their Homeworld. One of the main objectives is to collect spice geysers located around the planet and prevent the enemy from accessing any themselves. Another is conquering all of the other cities religiously, economically, militarily, or diplomatically. The entrance into space marks the beginning of the Space Stage.

Like in the Tribal Stage, other civilizations can be dealt with peacefully or by war or a mix of both (be friends before or after war). The main resource of the Civilization stage is spice that can be gathered from spice nodes on land or sea. Controlling as many spice nodes as possible gives an advantage.

Each civilization can build three types of vehicles: land vehicles, air vehicles, and sea vehicles. They differ by graphic appearance and three attributes: speed, power, and stamina. Making one attribute stronger in the Vehicle Editor means that other attributes will be weaker. For example, if you put many guns on a tank, you'll make it more vulnerable and slower, but it can crush other vehicles more quickly. If you add a powerful engine after that, firepower will be weaker, but the vehicle will be faster. This is made for balance considerations. In addition, air vehicles can only be created and bought after four cities are under a civilization's control.

A vehicle and a spice refiner in the Civilization Stage.

There are different types of buildings in cities:

  • Turrets attack enemy vehicles on sight. The appearance of turrets differs with the civilization type but does the same amount of damage. The only variable is how many slots the city can handle.
  • Houses make the population of a city increase, which allows you to make more vehicles.
  • Entertainment Centers make a city's population more happy and loyal, especially when placed beside Houses.
  • Factories help effectively gather Spice from controlled nodes, especially when placed beside Houses, but causes unhappiness in cities, especially when placed beside Entertainment Centers.

In the Civilization stage and Tribal Stage, players can't edit their creatures anymore but can add different accessories like hats, pauldrons, masks etc.

Communications Menu[]

  • Our people admire your wide tracts of land.: Use this to compliment a nation.
  • Your people are descended from limbless space slugs.: Use this to insult a nation.
  • We come offering gifts, do you accept?: Use this to give gifts to a nation.


If a nation wants to establish a trade route with you, these options appear:

  • I accept your offer, start shipments immediately!
  • I reject your offer, you keep your tawdry goods.

Check out the list of Civilization stage stubs if you're looking to add something.

Civilization Consequence Abilities[]

Behavior in Civilization stage Space stage Consequence ability
Religious Green Keeper: Decreases the rate of biodisasters on all of your colonies
Economic Spice Savant: Increases spice production from all your colonies
Military Pirate B Gone: Reduces the frequency of pirate raids

The Civilization stage is the first of the four preliminary stages to alter the nature of the trait cards. Whereas in previous stages, Green and Red represented opposite approaches to game-play with Blue representing a balance of the two, Green, Red, and Blue all represent unique ways to play the game. As such, the player's timeline in Civilization is reorganized, placing the strategy which they entered the phase from in the center, with the other two on the extremes.

Civilization Stage Achievements[]

Hidden achievements

  • Fear of Flying - Complete the Civilization stage without ever buying an aircraft.
  • Conclusion - Finish the Civilization stage by launching ICBM weapons and destroying all other cities.


A group of citizens in an economic city.

The citizens are an obvious reference to the Sims, such as the activities and interactions they play out.

Along with keeping them happy, the citizens, if observed long enough do many things such as weddings, protests, military drills, mass praying, and more. They will also have minor activities such as looking through telescopes, talking, sometimes you may even notice citizens performing magic tricks of some sort to other citizens who are willing to watch, perhaps to earn money, etc. There are many speech bubbles, one even with a picture of Will Wrights face, and another with a planet, an early idea of interstellar travel, so these include Space stage as well. The citizens will also act accordingly to what the type of city they are residing in. When the city is attacked, the citizens will often fire guns at the attacking vehicles and/or panic and start screaming.

When new buildings are placed, such as a factory, often the citizens will react with protests against the placement of factories or cheers when an entertainment system is placed.

A link to a list of the corresponding actions and city types can be found here: citizen actions.


Build multiple fast vehicles while the game is paused. Select each one to go after a spice geyser, then unpause the game and claim as many spice geysers as possible before other civilizations appear. Your priority should be to capture a city with a seaport as it will grant access to the ocean and faster actions with other nations.

Not only can you collect spice geysers, but you can destroy tribes. If you are aiming for an aggressive stat or an easy start, then you should buy fast land vehicles and get each one after a tribe. You may also get free vehicles from those tribes or even money.

Switching vehicles is very useful. For example you can make your vehicle very fast to arrive at a certain point then make it a slow vehicle with other good stats.

Hard Difficulty[]

The Civilization stage on Hard is quite difficult. A good approach is to use a mixed economic/religious or economic/military strategy. Going hardcore on any of these strategies also works though. The reason for this is that in Hard mode the relationship penalties for being a large nation, or having your borders too close, are very big. This makes it difficult to improve your relationship enough to start trading; if you can't trade, it's impossible to win economically. On the other hand, cities are much more difficult to capture in Hard mode; if a city is willing to trade with you, an economic takeover is the safest method. A decent strategic outline is the following:


  • End as an industrious Tribe. Design a land vehicle (or select one from the Sporepedia) with as much speed as possible. Then pause the game (because the cities will start appearing immediately on Hard difficulty). Create the same amount of land vehicles as there are spice geysers on your city's continent. Third, send one to each of the geysers immediately. After this, you should be able to get a good income. If you do not have enough for the vehicles, unpause and wait for the right amount of Sporebucks. Then contact and compliment all of the closest cities so that you don't get attacked right away. If your city is on the continent, then make sure to create a new vehicle that is specialized in speed. Use rockets and wheels. If you are a city by the shore, do the same thing for the boats. Oars add to the speed. If you need to budget vehicles, prioritize water geysers; they don't contribute to the "Your Borders Are Too Close" penalty.
  • Once your own spice economy is stable, shift your vehicles from pure speed to speed AND economic power, look around for any cities that start out with a blue relation, and start a trade route with them. Since they start as "Friendly", they'll always accept. Keep in mind that these tend to be the smallest and weakest cities; as such, they are often the first targets by more hostile cities. With this in mind, DO NOT purchase them immediately once the trade bar fills up--to you, they're more valuable as a steady source of income from the trade routes until they're conquered, and buying them yourself will just give your enemies easy targets while you're still trying to find your footing. Use the time to instead build up your coffers and city. Should things go right, then by the time every weak city is conquered, you should have a full and stable city that can afford to defend itself as well as an ample amount of Sporebucks with which to bribe other nations. This strategy comes with the added perk of avoiding the "Your Nation Is Too Big" relationship penalty until you can afford to deal with it.
  • Once you're ready, find the closest non-economic city and do what it takes to get a trade route going. You will likely need to give some money as a gift. Once their city is available for purchase, buy it and don't change its type. If you buy the city right after it is available for purchase, the first city you conquer will always cost 4,000 Sporebucks. Otherwise, it should cost around 16,000 Sporebucks. The huge sum that you paid will balance out other negative relations such as "you are a threat," "your nation is too big," and "your boundaries are too close." At some point, someone is going to demand that you stop trading and you should turn them down, of course. If there is a choice between Military and Religious, choose either since Military has the strongest fighters and Religious can capture unhappy cities faster which means only a small anti-relation bonus.
  • At this point, several things can happen. If the nation you first started trading with has captured another city, then use your good relationship with that nation to start a trade route. Otherwise, there may be other cities nearby which are close enough to trade with. In any case, you should be trying to buy another city, if possible. Always keep your economic fleet centered on one or two cities and remember that they will cost more than in Easy or Normal Mode. Once you buy a city always keep it as a Military or Religious. Though optional, you can capture a sea city and keep it economic. Then start trading with a nation that is about to capture or has captured another city.
  • Once the Civilization stage enters its middle part, it's likely that there will be an emerging enemy power, which, for the sake of demonstration, we will call Green. Because of the penalties mentioned earlier, it will be very difficult, if not, outright impossible to peacefully negotiate with Green, let alone trade with them. At this point, you should ramp up the production of your military/religious vehicles and attempt to take over Green cities by force. Remember that the number of vehicles you have is determined by the number of Houses in your cities. So, put more Houses in your military/religious cities and more Factories in your economic ones. Your fleet should be divided into two main parts: 1. The smaller one should be a mobile defensive group to help protect whichever city Green is attacking. 2. The larger one should be used for attacking Green's cities. Time is of the essence, so try and take over cities quickly, using your superpowers when appropriate. When you capture a city, change it to religious/military, whichever you've been using.
  • In the last part of the Civilization stage, if your fleet is strong enough, you may be able to finish by conquering Green. However, at this point, Green will build up a massive army and is ready to dish the hurt out in buckets. The easiest way to win is to get to six/seven cities, switch over to pure defense, and save up for the Global Merger superweapon. With any luck, you will save up enough to purchase the planet before Green knocks you back down to fewer than 6 cities.
  • You could also maintain two alliances as well. One of them will get destroyed, of course, so you should trade with the other one until you could afford the Global Merger. However, you can just use the gadget bomb superpower on Green's last city, but this comes with two downsides- You have to be a military nation and any other nations will probably declare war on you.

Black Cloud[]

A friendly tribe will earn the Black Cloud superpower. Black Cloud disables entertainment centers and turrets, which are a major problem for military civilizations. An effective strategy is to capture an unhappy military city and keep it as a military city. Then use the Black Cloud to disable turrets in other cities when capturing them.

Tips & Tricks[]

Attacking a city.

  • A useful exploit during the Civilization stage is that you can instantly switch the attributes of your vehicles whenever you want. For example, during the start of the game, you can focus your vehicles entirely on speed, and use that to rapidly seize a lot of spice geysers and tribal villages. If you are attacking a defenseless city, you can orient your vehicles entirely toward religious/military power to rapidly take the city - after all, they won't be moving, and they aren't being attacked (unless they are religious, because citizens throw rubble and flaming trash at religious vehicles taking over their city). In the event that enemy vehicles show up, you can just switch them to a mixture of religious/military power and health, then switch them back once the threat is past. Taking advantage of this can give you a nice head start in the early game, and speed up city takeover. Another way is to make speedy vehicles and once they arrive for a takeover switch to Military/Religious power as the dominant stat and it will take over the city at a faster rate.
    • Another quick fact is that it also instantly reloads their attacks, allowing keen players to deal damage quickly by switching between two strong vehicle types.
  • Finally, before advancing to Space Stage, make sure all your cities have an optimal building layout and all their Turrets. This way, you don't have to spend money later on building them, and since you start with 100k Sporebucks in the Space Stage no matter what, well, it speaks for itself. Adding Extras will also help, as after you have advanced, you can sell them for 25 Sporebucks each. This may not seem like much, but since each city can hold many of them, possibly 20-50, it really adds up.
  • Take your time when mapping your city. It may take a while, but it really is worth it in the long run. Remember that Factories are more productive when linked to Houses and the City Hall, but they lower happiness and cancel Entertainment buildings when linked. Entertainment buildings are more effective when linked to City Hall and Houses.
  • Keep in mind that if you are a military city, you will have to take over the planet by attacking the other cities. This will damage them and make it easier for your enemies to conquest your Homeworld in Space Stage unless you rebuild them.
  • Owning one spice geyser at the beginning of the civilization stage game is about as good as owning multiple towards the end. Spice geysers start out with giving 1000/min. But, as the game goes on the efficiency will drop. This may be a reference to Earth depleting its natural resources.
  • If you have an economic city on your continent, you might want to make it a protectorate of your own nation you can trade with it for extra money. To be sure it isn't captured, send at least 5 vehicles to protect it from invaders (economic cities have no defense except turrets).
  • There are almost always four cities on your continent. You may notice that in hard difficulty, one of them has a blue face. You start out by attacking a nation on your continent that has a yellow face, usually a military city.
  • On the normal difficulty, there are two nations with blue faces, and you may notice the one with the yellow face usually has the largest military. To prevent it from being a threat in the future and capturing another city, try to capture that city first.
  • Even with the same power as a land vehicle, a sea vehicle can pack a bigger punch, and an aircraft packs an even bigger punch. For inexpensive power, invest in a powerful navy.
  • Try to ally at least one civilization and let them attack other cities as well. In the end when you two are the only ones left they might want to join you.
  • To be able to make boats as soon as possible, finish Creature Stage with a nest by the sea.
  • There are more tribes at the beginning of the civilization stage than are able to be civilized (nine plus you). Civilizing these tribes will yield free sporebucks or free units to you or the computer.
  • Certain tribes hurt your vehicles if you try to interact with them, these tribes will have a whole territory border to themselves. These tribes will become the competing civilizations. However, the tribes that don't hurt your vehicles will be in the border of a spice geyser or another city.
  • If you find defending your cities hard then capture a city but make it religious/military (the city needs to be the trait that you didn't start with) and create a vehicle there with 98% health and 1% speed and attack/power. Then you can spawn lots of them to protect your cities since the computer targets vehicles first. This will buy you some time to get your vehicles over to your cities.


Religious vehicles attacking an Economic city. Notice that citizens are throwing litter at the vehicles.


  • Civilization stage can be compared to the near future on Earth, despite the fact that they do not invent space travel until the very end of this stage, while we have managed to leave our atmosphere much earlier. Although so far we have barely traveled past Earth's orbit, while your civilization eventually makes it across the entire galaxy. Also, we do not yet have the technology to produce holograms like those of civilization-stage creatures.
  • When you are converting a city, your religious vehicles appear to lose health gradually. If you look closely at your vehicles, you'll see that the citizens are throwing burning trash and rocks at them.
  • Cities in Civilization Stage could be based on medieval castles, due to the fact that the cities themselves are surrounded by walls.
  • The whole stage (including the name) could be a reference to the popular strategy game, Civilization.
  • Deja vu - if you zoom to other civilizations they look like the creature owning the civilization except for a different color and no clothes on the card.
  • When using the Global Merger super-power the base cost of the power is 60,000 sporebucks, it states that it "Buys" all the cities, this means each other city would cost 15,000 sporebucks instead of the normally accepted 14,000. If used upon 3 cities the cost is lowered by 12,000 sporebucks which is 3,000 less than if you actually bought the cities for 15,000. This raises the cost of the cities up to 16,000 sporebucks
  • If you roll the camera over an unclaimed civilization, a Sim City 4 song called "Gritty City" might play.
  • The insult "Your people are descended from limbless space slugs" is ironic in the sense that all cities are the same species, including your own.
  • When vehicles are destroyed and turrets are attacked, crew can be seen flying out and dying upon impact with the floor. When boats get destroyed, the crew will fly into the water and drown.

See Also[]


  • When you aim a Gadget Bomb at a targeted tribal village, sometimes when the bomb hits it, it isn't destroyed but remains intact.
  • Sometimes there will be invisible cities, you will have destroyed all the other cities but the bar won't be complete. You look around on the minimap but there will be no cities.
  • Sometimes when you command large amounts of vehicles they won't do it unless you right click on it again. this can be very annoying. WORKAROUND: do the command for unresponsive vehicles.
  • Sometimes, the AI-controlled religious nation will have problems with escalating. For example, there's a Blue religious nation converting another city. You can see Blue converting the city with a sizable force on the minimap, but the convert process bar just won't appear, which means Blue will be stuck with converting that city. This can be very useful for hard difficulty because you can completely stop their escalation. Remember though, if you hover your mouse on the city that is under attack, the progress bar will appear and Blue will be able to take the city.
  • Sometimes, your vehicles still keep their icons even if they are no longer exist. You cannot delete them by pressing the red cross as well.
  • Rarely, religious vehicles can be overwhelmingly overpowered. As we know, religious vehicles deal area damage. When this glitch happens, all religious vehicles cause insanely high AREA DAMAGE (which is usually higher than 100). That means religious nations can dispatch an entire enemy force at ease.